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Malhadas Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Malhadas, Concelho de Mirando do Douro (Cunceilho de Miranda de L Douro), Distrito de B

Last modified: 2016-07-14 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: malhadas | strikestick | rye(sheaf) | fleur-de-lis(white) |
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[Malhadas commune] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 May 2016
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Introduction of Malhadas

Like all toponyms in the municipality, this commune has names both in Portuguese and Mirandese (the local syncretic Asturian-Leonese dialect complex, co-official language of Portugal and given a standard orthography); in this case both words are identical in spelling and meaning: A word that originally comes from Latin maculatas, the accusative feminine plural of maculatus, meaning "blotted" - I suppose the current modern meaning might be very different.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Feb 2016

About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
Source: I called the commune's government President on the phone.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Feb 2016

Coat of arms

[Malhadas commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 18 Feb 2016

The arms are Gules two dancing strikestick pairs Argent set per fess and each pair with its sticks set per saltire and each ribboned Or, in chief a fleur-de-lis Argent, in base a sheaf of (or rather three) ears of rye Or tied Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "MALHADAS".
Featured on the shield are the sticks used in the local traditional dance, also used in the arms of Miranda do Douro Commune, local cereal crops and the fleur-de-lis, whose meaning I could not yet find out. We’ll hear more about this one.
Source: this webpage
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Feb 2016

This commune had its CoA and flag approved by the Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses (CHAAP) (the eternally temporary body that authorizes subnational arms and flags in Portugal) in 2005 but apparently not yet officialized (i.e., published in the official journal after rubberstamped by the parliament). The CHAAP's "assessment" (Port.: parecer) was issued on 3 February 2005.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Feb 2016

Presentation of Malhadas

Malhadas Commune is one of the 13 communes of the Mirando do Douro Municipality; it had 344 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 27.5 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Feb 2016

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